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Cape Town Opera Tosca

Cape Town Opera’s Tosca comes to Johannesburg and Cape Town

From 21 to 30 July 2023, Cape Town Opera (CTO) will present Tosca, Puccini’s powerful opera, to Johannesburg audiences at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Braamfontein before moving to the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town from 12 to 17 September 2023.  The highly anticipated grand-scale production will be directed by CTO’s

Cape Town Opera Cinderella

Enchanting Cinderella comes to Artscape for the winter school holidays

An enchanting operatic production of Cinderella will come to life in the upcoming winter school holidays in a spectacular family-friendly production at the Artscape Opera House from 4 to 8 July 2023.  Presented by Cape Town Opera (CTO) in association with AM Productions, the South African premiere of this brand-new adaptation of

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The glamour of great Opera for all in Joburg

Every so often, when the new line-up of the Cape Town Opera is announced, one cannot help feeling envious and somewhat deprived living in Gauteng, a place where so very few opera productions happen. But now, there is a great opportunity for opera fans taking

Cape Town Opera La Rondine

Cape Town Opera brings La rondine to The Artscape

Cape Town Opera’s new production of La rondine is coming to The Artscape, with performances taking place on 16, 18, and 20 November 2021. This is a proudly in-house Cape Town Opera production, with the lead roles played by members of the Young Artist Programme

Local visual artists find inspiration at the opera in 2021

It is a year of exciting collaborations for Cape Town Opera (CTO), including the involvement of six visual artists to create a series of posters for each of the company’s main productions. It was a conversation between CTO Artistic Director Matthew Wild and Norval Foundation

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The Scars of our Heroes – Imivumba YamaQhawe

Cape Town Opera’s upcoming production: The Scars of our Heroes – Imivumba YamaQhawe, which incorporates the story of the aftermath of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, is not the company’s first commitment to promoting a love of music and opera among the youth. This venture has

Cape Town Opera Chorus RMB Starlight Classics

The Cape Town Opera Chorus

Established in 1999, Cape Town Opera is the only opera company in Africa with a year-round programme. The award-winning Cape Town Opera Chorus is world renowned, and will return to the RMB Starlight Classics stage this March. Not for nothing is Cape Town Opera (CTO)’s Chorus

Cape Town Opera People of Nyalashishi

Cape Town Opera’s The People of Nyalashishi

Cape Town Opera’s Youth Development and Education Department recently embarked on an evocative new project with young learners in Khayelitsha and Stellenbosch: The People of Nyalashishi (a fictitious place, meaning ‘People of the Soil’). The new musical production evoked memories and stories of San and

Mandela Trilogy

A musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela

Cape Town Opera (CTO), in association with Wales Millennium Centre, joins Naspers and Artscape to celebrate the Mandela Centenary with two concert performances of the widely travelled Mandela Trilogy at the Artscape Opera House.      Thato Machona, Musanete Sakupwanya and Aubrey Lodewyk star as

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Nelson Mandela: a legacy for the world to celebrate

Artlooks & Artlines is a monthly column written by Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. When South African theatre maker Jenine Collocott produced her play, Making Mandela, in 2015, one of South Africa’s most significant theatre reviewers, Robyn Sassen, wrote on her blog, ‘Telling Mandela’s story to


Creating a culture of excellence

Between Table Mountain and Table Bay, the City of Cape Town boasts a cosmopolitan mix of historic and modern landmarks. One of these is Artscape Theatre Centre on the Foreshore, home to the Artscape performing arts company.      Established 40 years ago as the

Sophie Mgcina Awards

Sophie Mgcina Award winners make their mark

The Market Theatre Foundation’s Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is barely five years old and already all its winners are taking the South African industry by storm as they continue to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the late artist, teacher and cultural activist, Sophie Mgcina.

RMB Starlight Classics

A superb night under the stars

RMB Starlight Classics takes place on 2 and 3 March at Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West. This Afro Symphonic tribute to our beautiful country brings together a collection of diverse musical talent and incredible instrumentalists, with a visionary selection of young talent.    


Unisa Voice Competition Ends on a High Note

The 6th Unisa International Voice Competition has ended on a historical note with French vocalist Cynthia Abraham announced as the first winner of the Jazz Voice Category and Cecilia Rangwanasha who was the first South African classical singer to win a Unisa International Voice Competition.  

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